Double time for TRICARE authorizations, referrals

Air Force News Service PHOENIX — As of Tuesday, TRICARE authorizations for care that include evaluation and treatment are good for 180 days. That’s twice the 90 days that were allowed previously, giving you more time to complete your care and any follow-up visits. Remember, if you do not receive care before the authorization expires, […]

TRICARE covers back-to-school shots

By Diane Mayer: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Are your children up-to-date on their immunizations? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that most children be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, mumps and rubella. All of these diseases can cause serious health problems if your children’s shots aren’t […]

New contractors for TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military update Six million military health care beneficiaries, those who live in TRICARE’s North and South regions, will have new managed care support contractors and claim processors to deal with by April. In a surprise development, two of three current TRICARE contractors — Health Net Federal Services and Humana Military Healthcare Services […]

Pre-deployment checklist includes TRICARE

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Getting your family’s affairs in order during your pre-deployment days can be hectic, to say the least. With so much going on, it can be easy to overlook your TRICARE benefit — but don’t worry. Making sure your family has healthcare coverage while you’re deployed is as easy as […]

In focus: TRICARE vision care benefits

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Vision care is a TRICARE-covered benefit. Here’s how the benefit varies by your plan and age: Active Duty Active duty service members and family members (ADFM) enrolled in TRICARE Prime are allowed a comprehensive eye exam every year with no co-pay. TRICARE Standard and Extra ADFM beneficiaries older than […]

TRICARE helps families face autism

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Autism delays the development of important life skills. Most people may take these social and communication skills for granted, but autism-related delays and problem behaviors usually start in infancy and can last a lifetime. Life is challenging not only for the diagnosed child, but for […]

Airman oversees TRICARE operations

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Tech. Sgt. April Gaines has spent almost two years as flight chief over military insurance company Tricare operations and patient administration in the 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Other people’s health insurance has Tech. Sgt. April Gaines busy keeping […]

TRICARE showcasing videos

TriWest Healthcare Allisance PHOENIX — Grab the popcorn…military families throughout TRICARE’s west region now have a new, easy way to learn about their healthcare benefits through one of America’s favorite pastimes—the movies. TriWest Healthcare Alliance — the Department of Defense contractor that administers TRICARE, the military’s healthcare entitlement, in 21 western states — is expanding […]

Reservists offered coverage

By Brian P. Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When National Guard or Reserve sponsors are not on active duty, they may be eligible for healthcare coverage by purchasing and enrolling in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). TRICARE Reserve Select TRS includes medical and behavioral health coverage and access to TRICARE pharmacy benefits. TRS allows enrollees to choose […]

Deputy rates TRICARE ‘C+ or B-’

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Too many beneficiaries of the military direct-care health system still can’t get timely appointments, or reach doctors after hours, or establish a close family-doctor relationship with a single military physician or group. For these reasons and more , Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Elder Granger, deputy director of TRICARE and a […]

TRICARE enhances autism services coverage

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Active duty military families now have access to expanded services for autistic children under TRICARE. A new set of behavioral and educational benefits — the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration benefit — allows eligible beneficiaries to see a new category of providers as part of the Extended Care […]

TRICARE officials encourage flu shot

Air Force News Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE officials urge uniformed service families to be prepared for this year’s flu season, and an important step to do so is receive a flu vaccine shot. In the United States more than 220,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die every year as a result of the […]

TRICARE, Medicare team up

Air Force News Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE officials want beneficiaries who receive a disability check to ensure they are getting the TRICARE coverage they are entitled to receive. In general, most beneficiaries become eligible for Medicare at age 65; however, many beneficiaries younger than 65 also qualify for Medicare and there is one […]

TRICARE enrollment process revised

By Tiffany Anderson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX, Ariz.

Commentary: TRICARE medical program appreciated

By Maj. Ross Whitmore: 27th Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron I have often said the best two decisions I’ve made in my life were marrying my wife Rachel, and joining the United States Air Force. I never knew how these two choices would one day affect my family. After 11 years in the Air Force […]

Adequate medical program needed

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and […]

Military medical coverage frustrating lately

By Anita Doberman I wish that I had something good to say about my experience with Tricare and military medicine, but today I don’t. While I am fully aware that there are plenty of excellent physicians and medical professionals who do a great job taking care of their patients, I feel disappointed and frustrated with […]

Savings numbers don’t match health care reality

By Tom Philpott Bush administration officials again have saddled Congress with an under-funded military health-care budget by projecting $1.2 billion in savings they know will not be realized, say critics on Capitol Hill. Part of the false savings, for a third straight year, is tied to the unlikely scenario that Congress will enact administration plans […]

Child's health problems can be frustrating

Anita Doberman Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn’t have any background information, which can be common with international […]